Last-Minute Experiential Gifts That Don't Look Like You Almost Forgot
By Stephanie Keller| December 19, 2014 |
What’s a last-minute gift that doesn’t look like you nearly forgot? Giving your friends and family an unforgettable experience. From the journey-of-a-lifetime to create your own custom scent to a package of 12 decadent beauty treatments, here are a few we like….
Leave no hot stone unturned with the ultimate, limited-edition holiday spa package designed to pamper from head to toe with 12 treatments. Services include several massages, a facial, a body wrap, acupuncture, an eco-gel manicure, and reflexology. The package is valid for up to one year. 1611 W. Fifth St., #155, 512-362-5777
The Body Kitchen Experience by Olive + M ($250 for 8-10 guests)
The Body Kitchen Experience offers private lessons on how to make all-natural, high-quality skincare based on ingredients from your pantry. Learn how to prepare hydrating and exfoliating treatments for the face and body, such as an antioxidant-packed coffee and olive oil body scrub. Book your Body Kitchen experience on oliveandm.com.
Antonelli’s Cheese Shop offers a chance to indulge and learn about all different kinds of cheese in their cozy event space. The delicious, introductory sessions provide education and generous samplings of seven rotating varieties served with all the accoutrements to match. Book your class on antonellischeese.com. 4220 Duval St., 512-531-9610
A Ticket to the Tasting Room at Qui (ticket prices vary)
Gift someone with a ticket to the intimate tasting room at Paul Qui’s celebrated namesake restaurant. The whimsical, ever-changing menus burst with creativity and awe-inspiring presentations that promise a true culinary adventure. Purchase tickets at quiaustintickets.com. 1600 E. Sixth St., 512-436-9626
Experience a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Paris to create a signature fragrance with master perfumer Olivier Creed. This incredible journey includes first-class airfare, a luxurious hotel stay, car service, exclusive tours, and more. Plus, it’s a gift that gives back—Neiman Marcus will donate $5,000 to The Heart of Neiman Marcus Foundation with this purchase. Call 1-877-9NM-GIFT to purchase.
Thai Fresh, arguably Austin’s best and most authentic Thai food spot, offers small group classes that focus on the best ingredients, from-scratch recipes, and a hands-on experience. Book your class on thai-fresh.com/classes-cooking. 909 Mary St. W., 512-494-6436
For an adrenaline rush and breathtaking view of the city, soar above Austin with a private helicopter ride. The 45- to 50-minute Ultimate Tour includes a bird’s eye view of the F-1 track, Lake Travis, the downtown skyline, and Texas Hill Country. Book your tour on austinhelicoptertours. 10301 Farm to Market 969, 866-205-7084